The Formula 1 season is shaping up nicely and it’s full steam ahead for the upcoming Grand Prix circuits across the remainder of the calendar.
It has already been a very dramatic and exciting campaign so far, with there having been nine races to date across 2019, and it’s the reigning and defending champion Lewis Hamilton that is riding high once again.
Hamilton is now the odds-on 1/12 favourite in the latest F1 betting to prevail outright this season, after building up a substantial lead at the summit of the Drivers’ Championship standings already.
The British Mercedes driver is edging further ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who currently sits in second position in the Drivers’ table, narrowly ahead of Red Bull prodigy Max Verstappen in third and fourth-placed Sebastian Vettel.
So far this season, the Formula 1 drivers have taken to the circuits at all of Australia, Bahrain, China, Azerbaijan, Spain, Monaco, Canada, France and Austria. There are still 12 more race meetings set to take place during the course of the season, with the final one being the Abu Dhabi GP in December, when the campaign will come to a close.
Before then, there’s the small matter of the highly coveted Italian Grand Prix, which will take place in front of F1 fans at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in the city of Monza, north of Milan.
The Italian GP is one of the longest-running circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, having first been held in 1921 and is now the fifth longest-serving track on the schedule.
It’s on September 8th this year that the latest Italian Grand Prix will take place, following three practice sessions available on the 6th and qualifying held on the 7th of the month, too.
Britain’s current world champion Hamilton will take to the race as the defending titleholder on Italian soil, having beaten Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes teammate Bottas to top spot on the podium last year.
The Stevenage-born steerer also secured the fastest lap that day and he will be confident of earning yet another success in Italy, a feat which would see him seal another slice of history.
He is currently tied with the legendary German driver Michael Schumacher on five all-time Italian Grand Prix victories.
So one more this year will see him take the lead in that department, as he looks to continue his dominance in the sport in recent years, having now claimed no less than five World Championship crowns in his illustrious career.
By the time the next Italian GP hits the country, Hamilton may also be in the position to potentially secure a sixth world title.
The 34-year-old does face some stiff competition this time around from the likes of Bottas, Verstappen, Vettel and Charles Leclerc. But he looks more than capable of clinching yet another piece of silverware and he will have the Italian Grand Prix firmly in his sights soon, after dealing with a race on home soil at the British GP at Silverstone.